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Nathan Ake, a possible replacement for Jan Vertonghen?

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According to a report published in Football Insider, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho might look to sign Bournemouth ace Nathan Ake to replace Jan Vertonghen, whose contract is up this summer & is likely to bid adieu to N17.

Spurs are understood to have offered him a one-year extension on reduced terms. But the Belgian, who turns 33 in April, wants at least another two years. As a result, Jose Mourinho and Tottenham are making plans for the 2020/21 season without Vertonghen with Nathan Ake eyed as a probable replacement.

The lower level clubs or the clubs outside the top six in the Premier League have often been homes to stars emerging from their own system. They provide a platform to these youngsters like Ake to perform and get good gametime, to enhance their abilities and impress elite sides.

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Since Ake left Chelsea to join Bournemouth permanently in 2017, he has become one of the leagues leading defenders for a non-top six side at Dean Court. The 24-year-old has developed immensely and now has plenty of top flight experience and maturity, putting in consistent performances for Bournemouth over the last couple of seasons.

Ake is a left-footed centre-back that has great passing, looks extremely comfortable on the ball, and he is a real leader at the back. The Netherland international’s journey to regular football was a long one, a series of loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth but it has paved the way to the career he has now.

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Pace, acceleration, tackling, and work rate are stand out attributes that combine to make him one of the most promising youngsters in England and he is definitely worth the £40million Bournemouth will be looking for.

Ake would be a very good transfer for Tottenham and he wouldn’t need too big of a transitional period, also owing to the fact that he has previously worked under Jose Mourinho.

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